Fulbright Scholars

The Fulbright program is the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the United States government. Its goal is to promote outstanding scholarship and mutual understanding around the world. Rose-Hulman has a long tradition of fostering global connections and has been recognized as a top producer of Fulbright scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, as featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Dr. Paul Christensen

Paul Christensen, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Paul Christensen, associate professor of anthropology, will spend March through June 2022 doing fieldwork as a Fulbright Scholar in Japan for a project titled Diverging Tokyo: Poverty, Revitalization and the Shaping of a Meaningful Existence Project Narrative. His findings will become the basis for a future book project examining a meaningful existence in contemporary Japan.

Dr. Wayne Tarrant

Wayne Tarrant, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Wayne Tarrant, associate professor of mathematics, will spend the 2021-22 academic year in Kenya. Tarrant has been engaging with faculty and students at Nairobi’s Strathmore University for the past three years and worked on research with math faculty, lectured for master’s degree-level research classes, and led discussions on the use of inquiry-based learning. Tarrant is also studying how to provide banking access to the poor and those who don’t have or are unfamiliar with bank accounts.

Dr. David Fisher

David Fisher, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Software Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Fisher has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study ways to close the gender gap in computer science at the University of Limerick, Ireland, during the 2018-19 academic year.

Dr. Renat Letfullin

Renat Letfullin, Associate Professor of Physics and Optical Engineering

Dr. Renat Letfullin is expanding global knowledge in nanomedicine through education and research as a Fulbright Faculty Scholar in Uzbekistan during the 2018-19 academic year.

Dr. Richard Onyancha

Richard Onyancha, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Onyancha was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2014-15 to lecture and conduct research at the Copperbelt University in Kitwe, Zambia. As a Visiting Scholar in the School of Engineering he reviewed all the new BEng (Honors) curricula in the school, conducted workshops on curriculum review and conducted a proposal writing workshop. He also worked to enhance university-industry linkages with some of the large mining companies in Zambi, and worked with Siemens PLM Software to provide the School of Engineering with needed CAD, FEA and Manufacturing software.

Dr. Yosi Shibberu

Yosi Shibberu, Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Yosi Shibberu was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for 2014-15 to teach and conduct research at Jimma University in Jimma, Ethiopia, where he was born and lived during his first two years. He will facilitate international projects for Rose-Hulman students, as well as promote innovation and entrepreneurship at Rose-Hulman and Jimma University.

Dr. Matt Boutell.

Matt Boutell, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering

Dr. Boutell was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2011-12 to lecture at Copperbelt University in Kitwe, Zambia. As Senior Guest Lecturer in Computer Science, he taught classes in mobile and object-oriented software development, developed mobile applications, and developed curriculum for the undergraduate and Master’s programs in Computer Science.

Dr. Lee Waite

Lee R. Waite, Professor of Applied Biology & Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Waite spent the 2008-09 school year at the Heart Surgery Laboratory of the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He worked with a team of surgeons and biomedical engineers to develop a model of blood flow through the mitral valve, with special attention to the validation of the model in humans.

Dr. Rebecca Dyer.

Rebecca Dyer, Professor of English

Dr. Dyer received a one-year Fulbright Traditional Scholar Grant for the 2007-08 academic year to lecture and conduct research in Lebanon. While living in Beirut, she taught an Anglophone literature course at Lebanese American University. Inspired by the Ethiopian maid working in her apartment building there, she wrote an article (later published in College Literature) about Lebanese servant representations in fiction and film. She has also written about the work of Rachid Al-Daif, a Lebanese novelist she met during her Fulbright stay. 

Dr. Robert Houghtalen

Robert J. Houghtalen, Professor of Civil Engineering

Dr. Houghtalen participated in the 2001 Fulbright German Studies Seminar, "Urban Planning in Germany," over the summer. It was focused on historic preservation, transportation and land development planning, urban energy distribution, waste disposal and urban demographics. The seminar was conducted by the bilateral Fulbright Commission together with architect and Fulbright alumnus Joachim Wahlich.

Dr. David Mutchler

David Mutchler, Professor of Computer Science & Software Engineering

Dr. Mutchler received a Fulbright Award for Lecturing/Research at the University of Maritius in 2000-01. He joined the Computer Science and Engineering Department in Reduit, Maritius where he lectured on Artificial Intelligence and investigated research issues in machine game-playing.

Kathy Hammett

Kathy Hammett, Senior Director, Center for Global Engagement

Kathy Hammett, senior director of the Center for Global Engagement, spent a month in Japan during 2000 as a participant in the Fulbright International Education Administrators seminar program. The seminar series helps international education professionals and senior higher education officials from the United States create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries.

Dr. Scott Clark

Scott F. Clark, Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Clark was studying engineering ethics in Japanese corporations as a Fulbright Research Scholar during the academic year of 1999-00. The research included a review of existing literature on the topic, and its emphasis was on obtaining data from practicing engineers working in large corporations. The goal of the research was to understand the processes by which Japanese engineers identify and resolve ethical issues.

Dr. Peter Parshall

Peter F. Parshall, Professor of Comparative Literature (Emeritus)

Dr. Parshall spent the fall term, 1999-00, at the Technical University of Dresden in the Institute for English and American Studies. He lectured on American film as part of the cultural studies program in this department. Courses included Introduction to Film, American Film Comedy, and American Film Renaissance.

Dr. Michael McInerney

Michael F. McInerney, Professor of Physics & Optical Engineering

Dr. McInerney received a Fulbright to lecture at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, Philippines from June 1994 to April 1995. While there, he also supervised three master's theses and developed opportunities for collaboration with industry.

Dr. Heinz C. Luegenbiehl

Heinz C. Luegenbiehl, Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Luegenbiehl (1949-2020) was twice a Fulbright Scholar. First, in the summer 1982, spending eight weeks to study the great works of Indian intellectual thought and to travel throughout India, becoming acquainted with present day culture and historical sights. During academic year 1991-92, earning a Senior Scholar Fellowship, Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan. Activities included teaching courses in Applied Ethics and in Technology and Values and doing research on Japanese ethics and religions.

Dr. Michael Kukral

Michael A. Kukral, Associate Professor of Geography

Dr. Kukral received a yearlong Fulbright fellowship to conduct research at Charles University in Prague, Czechoslovakia during the academic year of 1989-90. During this time, he witnessed the revolution which resulted in the overthrow of the communist government. He also lectured weekly at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.

Dr. William Pickett

William B. Pickett, Professor of History (Emeritus)

Dr. Pickett was a Fulbright visiting lecturer at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan during the 1989-90 school year. He taught American history in the Department of British and American Studies. He also taught a course in American diplomatic history at Nagoya University.

Dr. Patricia Carlson.

Patricia A. Carlson, Professor of American Literature

Dr. Carlson was named Professor of American Literature at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, for the academic year of 1975-76. While there she lectured extensively on American Culture as reflected through literature and helped to set up a program in literary theory. She also participated in a one-week program evaluation seminar hosted by the Fulbright Office in Berlin, Germany.

Dr. Frank Young

Frank H. Young, Professor of Computer Science (Emeritus)

Dr. Young was a Fulbright visiting senior lecturer in the department of computer science at the University of Lagos, Nigeria during the 1975-76 school year. He taught courses to every student in the department including postgraduate students. He also lectured at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and the University of Ife.

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